New Year, New WORD?

It is 2019. I can't even believe I am writing that right now. Seriously where has this year GONE?!

This time of year is one of two things for people:

  1. exciting AF
  2. stressful

Which category do you fall into? I am always excited. It doesn't matter what type of year I have had, I am always ready for what seems to be a mental fresh start.

The one thing that has always gotten me was New Year's resolutions. I always made them (AKA this year I'm going to get soooooo fit) and then I never "finish" them. Anyone else?

I mean a year is a long time. How are we expected to make a resolution and stick to it for a whole year when there is so much unknown territory. It doesn't make sense to me.

Last year I saw a few of my friends picking words that they were going to have in mind for that year. Brilliant. A word can take on many meanings so whatever stage of life you're in (stressful, happy, busy, slow, grieving etc.) it can be fitting.

 

 

This year I am picking "mindfulness":

mind·ful·ness

/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/
noun
  1.  the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
  2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

 

In January, I see mindfulness being the way I manage my time. The past couple of months I have been going non-stop. It is hard on me. It is hard on my emotions and my relationships and my overall wellbeing. Here's the catch though, I love being busy. I love go-go-going. BUT in January I am going to be mindful of what I can handle. I am going to be mindful of how much work I can actually do while still having time to live my life.

Mindfulness is also taking shape in the form of environmental consciousness. I have been trying to switch from buying packaged dry goods at the market to buying bulk dry goods && bringing my own mason jars to fill. Have I gone full hippie mode? Oh well. I have been planning this. I have my jars and they are allllll clean and ready to be filled with pastas, rice, oatmeal, quinoa, lentils (and more!!) PS the picture shown is from the book Lagom by Niki Brantmark and it is my favorite thing ever right now (and lots of good inspiration for mindfulness in there!!)

Lastly, I am going to be mindful of my body. I want to move a little bit each day in whatever form I can. Walk Finn for 10 min? Sure. Hit the gym for 30 min? Great. Go on a hike? Awesome. Skip a day for rest? Even better. 

The big idea with all goals and all New Year's resolutions is to be flexible. Maybe that should have been my word because I am one of the most inflexible people...

anyways, yeah, being flexible is good. Not beating yourself up because you forgot to get bulk pasta and now have to go grab a bag at TJs is something I'll have to keep in mind this month (we all know it's bound to happen)

And after January? I'll re-asses my life and what I want to be mindful about. Baby steps, flexibility and #goals.

PS- I am doing a fun giveaway over on my Instagram account! Make sure you think of a word and go enter!!

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